||Swaminarayan Arts Gallery (Bolton Mandir) successfully applied for a grant from the Youth Opportunities Fund (Central Government Funded) to setup a project for the youth and managed by the youth.
Amit Lalji Khimji with help from Bolton Youth Service prepared a bid around an unusual and exciting idea called'I know I'm British and I know I'm Indian. But how did I get here?'
The purpose of the project is to interview the elders (first generation immigrants) from the asian community. People came over in the mid sixties and experienced and endured a variety obstacles and barriers when they landed in England.
It is the intention of this project to document the first hand experiences before we lose all our elders. The current generation of young asians do not know what their grand parents and parents went through for them to provide a stable and secure life for their families.
The project is multifaceted and we hope to develop a short play (lifestory) to be aired in October 2007 (Black History month), dvd and possibly a booklet. This is mean't to be a permanent record
of the Kutchi exodus for future generations to enjoy and appreciate the sacrifices of their ancestors. The grant amount awarded £6300 to cover capital, training and production costs.